Stromanthe are a beautifully striking plant. They hail from the rain forests of Brazil and almost don't look real with their striking colors of green, pink, and cream. This plant can be a little bit challenging for a beginner, so read along to see how to care for this beauty.
Easy Care Facts:
Stromanthe do like bright, indirect light to thrive and continue pushing out variegation among the leaves. Place it near a window, but not in direct sunlight as it may scorch the leaves.
Water stromanthe regularly when the first one or two inches of the soil are dry. Do not over water, as moist soil can lead to root rot. Winter requires less water.
Utilize fertilizer Spring-Fall (local weather depending). Fertilize about once per month using a high quality fertilizer.
Stromanthe do require higher humidity levels. I recommend investing in a powerful humidifier to bring those levels up. Winter can be especially hard for these plants. If you do not have adequate humidity, expect browning, crispy edges on leaves.
The ideal temperature in the day is 65-80 degrees F in the daytime, but do not drop below 60 in the evening.
Stomanthe are as beautiful as they are non-toxic. It is safe for humans, dogs, and cats, but we definitely don't recommend adding it to your salads anytime soon.
Tips and Tricks for Stromanthe
Crispy brown leaves:
Because stromanthe have such a high humidity requirement, their leaves will often turn brown and cripsy. Don't worry about this too much, as upping the humidity with misting, humidifiers, or pebble trays should help. Trim any leaves off that become unsightly.
Stromanthe are quick growing plants. Repot in the spring with a pot 1-2 inches larger than the previous pot. Use a well draining soil mix that won't hold excess water to prevent root rot.
Propagating stromathe is easy. Simply dig up the plant and divide the tubers. Making sure there is a bud in each set of tubers, the plant will then reproduce larger plants in each repotted propagation.